Randy Smith

Randy Smith
New Albany, Indiana, USA
January 09
Destinations Booksellers, New Albany Now, and Flood Crest Press
An independent bookseller, publisher, Internet journalist, and sometimes broadcaster in the Louisville metro area. "There's no idea that's as dangerous as ignorance." I urge you to buy from your local independent bookseller, but if you can't, we are also online. Message me through OS and we'll take good care of you. Call it the OSticate Program.


MARCH 27, 2009 2:09PM

When "Relish" has Nothing to Do With Pickles : W.O.O.D.

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Back in my home state, Tennessee, sports-centric bloggers claim to be relishing in Memphis' loss last night in the NCAA tournament.

I'm sure they relish the loss. It's the classic institutional schadenfreude (last time I missed an adult spelling bee word was on that one; I outsmarted myself, but went on to win several hundred dollars worth of reference books).

What those bloggers meant to say was that they "revel in" the loss of a hated opponent.

From the Middle English revelen, a revel is an occasion of merrymaking or noisy festivity with dancing, masking, etc. (dictionary.com). As a verb used without an object, it is to take great pleasure or delight, or to engage in revelry - make merry, indulge in boisterous festivities.

Relish, on the other hand, as used, means liking or enjoyment of the taste of something. From time to time, I relish relish. I seldom, though, revel in the feeling.

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Wow, you guys REALLY don't like this stuff, do you?